Sue Ryder supporters Sheila Hancock and Lisa Riley offer their messages of support to those grieving in coronavirus lockdown

Sue Ryder supporters Sheila Hancock CBE and Lisa Riley sent messages of support to people who are grieving through the coronavirus lockdown, as the total UK death toll from coronavirus reaches over 44,000 and over an estimated 220,000 people are currently grieving in lockdown.

With the current total UK death toll standing at over 44,000 amid the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, it is estimated that 220,000 people are grieving during the nationwide lockdown.

Over the past four weeks, Sue Ryder has reported an 84% increase in demand for its free Online Bereavement Counselling Service and Online Bereavement CommunityThis sudden surge has resulted in an urgent need for additional funding in order for the charity to increase its counselling capacity to support a nation that is grieving.

A Sue Ryder Bereavement Counsellor said:

"Many of the pastimes which may bring us some comfort when we are grieving, such as meeting friends and family or other coping strategies, such as going to support groups, are not available to us right now.

“This is a time when people need support from specialist services more than ever. As a society, we need to support bereaved people to get back on their feet after loss. Sue Ryder's bereavement services can significantly help with that process and support people at the most difficult time of their lives.”

“You are not alone”

Sheila Hancock CBE, sent out a heartfelt message of support to those who have lost a loved one and are grieving during lockdown:

“Dealing with the death of a loved one is always difficult; I know that - but never more so than it is now. Maybe you're grieving in isolation or you're really unhappy in the way your loved one died. You are not alone and thanks to Sue Ryder, help is at hand to help you navigate your grief.”

Sheila Hancock's message of support

“Share your worries, share you concerns”

Emmerdale actress and Sue Ryder supporter Lisa Riley has also recorded a message of support to all those people who are grieving in these difficult and unprecedented times. Lisa also speak openly about her own grief since the loss of her mother.

In her message of support, she said:

“Dealing with grief on a day to day basis is really hard.  I’m lucky, I’ve got friends around me, my loved ones and my family and we grieve together for my beloved mum who is in heaven.  Dealing with grief during COVID must be doubly hard.

“Not being able to go to funerals or to be close to your loved ones and just have that feeling of security that someone is there for you. With that in mind, I don’t want you to be alone.  If you go to sueryder.org/support you will find all the help that you need.”

Lisa Riley's sends her message of support

Lisa also talked about the importance of talking to others and not grieving alone, especially during the current lockdown: 

“Don’t be alone at this very, very difficult time.  Share your worries, share your concerns as it really does help to talk and I promise, together, we’re all going to get through this.  But open up, don’t close up.”

Online Bereavement Support

Sue Ryder provides a range of online bereavement support, including free video counselling delivered through trained bereavement counsellors; an online community forum offering 24-hour peer to peer support and a wide range of advice and resources for people who are grieving or supporting someone through bereavement.

To find out more or to make a donation, please visit our Online Bereavement Support information.